Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Scrap busting idea

Sorry this post is a little late in coming up. I was helping my DD learn how to transform functions on a graph last night and the post was postponed. hee hee.

 My black and gray scrap bin was full and getting the lid to fit on was becoming impossible. Well, if you know me you know that means it's time to design a quilt around those scraps.

So I pulled the larger pieces. I do have a plan for the smaller ones, I'll share that another time.
Cut them into 2 1/2" strips. Added 1 1/2" strips of some bright solids.
 Then I started sewing them together. Because I knew I would be cutting these strips into quarter square units I staggered them. I do this by folding the end at a 45* angle and starting the next strip at the end of the triangle this fold makes.
 Once I had the strips sewn I used my Nifty Notions quarter square ruler to cut my triangles. Lining up the top with the edge of the ruler and the bottom with the 5 1/2" mark.
 Then I flip the ruler the other way and cut as many as my scrappy strip allowed.
As I made them I threw them up on the design wall.
 Once all of them where made I sewed them together by first taking to adjacent triangles and pinning at the seams to ensure that every thing was lining up. Then stitching in place. Repeating with the remaining triangles in the block unit.
 Then I took the two sets of triangles and pinned them together matching all seams and stitched together. You might notice that I pieced some of my strips. I was running low at the end and wanted to use up the scrap strip rather than cut into my stash and create more scraps.
 When all the blocks were sewn I sewed them into rows and then sewed the rows together.
Hoping someday soon to be able to baste it and get it quilted.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm still having fun with my Go. I've almost filled all my project boxes. In fact I've filled one and emptied it already. I'll share that tomorrow. I'm so happy I've found this great solution to the necessary evil, that is cutting. And it is so quick and easy. Not to mention my wrist no longer hurts after cutting out a quilt. I broke my wrist when I was in fifth grade and when I use it a lot it aches. I'm sure it has nothing to do with my age. :) My Go has eliminated that problem. YEAH! Pain free cutting. So I had this pretty stack of fabric, Riley Blake, Primavera, by Patty Young.

And about an hour latter I had these pieces ready to sew.
Hoping to have a relaxing day sewing these pieces together.
Have you had a little progress in your sewing room? We'd love to see it. Link up and share.


Friday, January 27, 2017

It Just Won't Stop

I finished this quilt earlier in the week and have tried all week to photograph it but the snow just won't stop. So I braved the weather and shot my Happy Hour quilt in the snow.  I don't know if you can see them but little flakes are falling

 I quilted little bubbles in an all over design. Just thought it appropriate for the title of the quilt.
As you can see it has snowed so much that the flower heads I left for the birdies to nibble on have been covered.
 So for activity days (the activities I do with the 8-11 year old girls at my church) we made bird feeders. I think the weather kept many of the girls away. I was a little worried about getting the ones that did come home. It was practically a blizzard on Monday. Luckily I followed a snowplow up the hill and got everyone home safe and sound.
 Anyhow, I had a bunch of birdie food leftover. So DD and her friend made a bunch of feeders for our yard. Can you see them scattered in the tree branches?
Now the poor little birdies won't starve.
Despite all this snow I'm not tired of winter. It is my favorite season. I think the snow is pretty. Besides a warm shower with my Sun and Sand Soap takes me to sunny places each morning.  I can't tell you how much I'm lovin' the way it smells. I think at the moment it's my favorite. Though I'm looking forward to Groovy Love being done next week so I can try it.
Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean and Cynthia to celebrate my snowy finish.

Digital Pattern Sale at Fons And Porter

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Guilds

I joined my first about 20 years ago. Has it really been that long? I was a newby. At the time the only quilt I had made was a very simple log cabin. My mom had me make it for what my dad called my hopeless chest. You can see a picture of it here.  I had recently taken a quilting class that was kind of like a block of the month through my church. Each month we learned a different method and a few blocks that used that method. I moved before I finished the class. Fortunately Gayle, from the Middle Sister, was one of my new neighbors.  She graciously invited me to my first guild meeting. 
The group was so kind and willing to help me improve my quilting skills that I've been going ever since. I love all that a guild offers. There are challenges. One year the challenge was, I Heard It on Vinyl. The above quilt was my entry based on The Garden Song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary.  Lorri's quilt won. She chose the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

There are often sew a longs and classes. This is LaRae's Scrappy Bear Paw quilt I recently taught at guild.
 Our guild does an ornament exchange every year. I so love this little gingerbread man ornament I once received.
 We also do fabric exchanges. They are a great way to collect a wide range of fabrics. This one was a dotty exchange but we have also done, batiks, eye spy and 30's.
But the best part of being in a guild is the friends you make. Never a dull moment with this group. 

 Do you belong to a guild? Do you belong to more than one? Would you like to join one? You'd be welcome at mine. We'd love to have you! If your not in the area I also belong to an online guild. They do many of the same things my local quilt guild does. We'd love to have you there also!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Go Cutter

I'm so excited to finally have an AccuQuilt Go! I've put off getting one because I was worried about waste. I threw caution to the wind, bit the bullet, jumped in with both feet and I'm so glad I did. It arrived Friday, and after spending a little time on the AccuQuilt's YouTube Channel, I was ready to give it a Go.  Hee hee! 
I started with cutting 2 1/2" strips. In no time at all I had a project box full with one project.
 Then I filled another project box with a low volume quilt, with a few splashes of color thrown in.
I have a few retreats coming up and I want all my cutting done so I can just sew. With the Go I'll have it done in no time.

Do you have a Go? What are your favorite dies? Do you have any tips? I'd love to hear them.

Also here's a little teaser for my episode of Love of Quilting. Please note I'm no actress,

 I'm best sewing by myself in my basement. That really is my comfort level. Mostly I'm a nerd. But I do really love this quilt and the techniques I used to create it. So if you ignore my lack of acting skills and just learn the methods it should be good. If your in Utah the episode will air Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on channel 9. If you live elsewhere check your channel listing.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Moving It Forward

 Well here it is. The finish I was hoping for last Friday. We received over 7" of snow Saturday. My youngest son was hoping to come with me to deliver it but the roads were too bad. So my middle son delivered it yesterday. I made it extra long. I have tall boys (all over 6') and a complaint they have had in the past is that my quilts don't cover their toes. Or if they do it doesn't come up high enough to snuggle. So this one is just over 6'.
 It is flannel. All my boys love flannel quilts. They think flannel is cozy. Spike approves.
Now it's your turn. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to. 



Friday, January 20, 2017

Almost

I was really hoping I'd have the quilt done for my sons' friend. But despite my best intentions I'm not quite finished. I still have part of one row and the border to quilt. I'm not a very fast quilter, and by the end of the second day of quilting I really needed a break. I took a little respite at my monthly quilt guild meeting. Chatting with friends and seeing what everyone has been up to is rejuvenating. When I got home I was to get back to the last bit of quilting. But I had to help my daughter. So hopefully today I'll finish it up. Then get the binding on. I feel pretty confident I can have it to him by the end of the weekend. Wish me luck.
 However, this scrap friendly quilt arrived in the mail recently back from it's stay with Quiltmaker magazine. You can find the pattern in the March/April edition. I came up with it while playing with a scrappy border I had seen. I used it as sashing and added the stars. Stars always make a nice addition to any quilt. Don't you think?
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean to celebrate. Even if it's not the quilt I had intended on celebrating with.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Neighbors and Row Quilts

I live in a great neighborhood, with lots of great neighbors. My great neighborhood inspired this little quilt. You can read about how it came to be here
It Takes a Village
 I also have many great neighbors out in the blogging world. This quilt was an exchanged hosted by Nanette. Many of my blogging neighbors were a part of it.
 A few years back a group of my wonderful neighbors met each month to create make this Christmas row quilt. We hung everyone's finished quilt at our neighborhood Christmas party that year. It was fun to see them all together.
With so many great neighbors who quilt, I jumped at the chance to join Cheryl's neighborhood row quilt. Cheryl knows about good neighbors. She used to live in my house before my family bought it. 
Do you want to part of our neighborhood? Join the fun and make your own In My Neighborhood row quilt. Many great designers are taking part to make a row that will be featured each month on Cheryl's blog, Quilter Chic.
The first row is up and ready for you to begin. Looking forward to making this quilt myself, and to having more quilters be my neighbor.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Piecing Binding

This is the Quilty Hug I was quilting when I got my bad news Thursday. It's bond and ready to bring a little comfort. 
 With all the Quilty Hugs my group does I buy batting by the bolt. I buy a 20/80 poly/cotton blend that is 120" wide. I like this extra wide batting because it usually allows me to get two quilts from the width.  Once in a while the width is a little short and I need to add a little. I thought I'd share today how I do it that. First I made sure my edges are straight.
 Once the two edges are straight I but them up against each other. Place my sewing machine on a wide zig zag, but up the two edges lining up where they meet with the center of my presser foot, then zig zag along the intended seam.
 When I'm done it looks like this. The nice thing is there is no extra bulk with the seam. I can also use up those extra strips that sometimes occur.
As an added bonus I'm sharing how I quilted the above quilt. It is also a design from Whirls and Swirls.
I have found watching how she does it rather than just seeing the design really helps me. So I'm attaching the video. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Moving it Forward

I got some news Thursday afternoon that rocked my world. A friend of my boys was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I have watched this fine young man grow up. He and his brother and sister were a big part of my children's lives as they grew up. 21 is far too young to have to deal with the challenges cancer brings. Cancer just sucks.  
 I got this news just as I was finishing up the quilting on a Quilty Hug, my little way of fighting cancer. Before binding it I hurried to put a Quilty Hug together for my sons' friend. This kept me from my Friday finish but it was worth it. I had some shew fly blocks in flannel done and mostly sewn together. I finished sewing them together. Then added a border. Cut batting and made a back. I'll be basting it tomorrow and hope to be able to give this hug by the end of the week.
 While in the mode of making backs and cutting batting I pieced a bunch of gray scraps together
to  make a back for my yarn bomb trees.

 And just because my way of working through bad news is to try to keep busy I also pieced a back for this Quilty Hug that has been waiting to be quilted for some time.
I hope your progress has occurred under better circumstances. It would do my heart good to see it. Please link up and share.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stocking Up

I always have mixed emotions when I finish a spool of thread. Bummer it's gone and Wow! I've done a lot of sewing. I know it's silly but I take the spool and toot a little song of celebrations through it before I toss it in the garbage. I have similar feeling when I finish a cut of fabric. Though this is harder to tell. Since I don't throw away any piece of fabric unless it is less than an 1" big.  
 I do however know when I'm running low on a solid. I use a lot of solids for backgrounds
 I like to use colors rather than white or cream.
Gray is my favorite background.

 I use them for sashing.
 I give the eye and easy place to rest among all my scraps.
Sometimes I use them for a whole quilt.
 Do you use a lot of solids? Do you buy in bulk or just what you need when you need it? Would love to hear your methods.